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July 30, 2014

The Science about Vinyl Discoloration

In May 2014 Marine Fabricator Magazine published an article about vinyl discoloration and Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, was the center of the article. Click Read More below for a link to the article. Read the entire article here

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In May 2014 Marine Fabricator Magazine published an article about vinyl discoloration and Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, was the center of the article. Click Read More below for a link to the article. Read the entire article here

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May 21, 2013

Outer Armor will be at the Masters Memorial Day Weekend!

The 54th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® will be held May 24-26, 2013. The Masters is known throughout the world as the most prestigious watersports tournament. The event began in 1959 at Callaway Gardens and is held annually during the Memorial Day weekend. We will be at the event in the Nautique tent on

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The 54th Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament® will be held May 24-26, 2013. The Masters is known throughout the world as the most prestigious watersports tournament. The event began in 1959 at Callaway Gardens and is held annually during the Memorial Day weekend. We will be at the event in the Nautique tent on the Hill. Make sure you stop by for a chance to with a GoPro®! If you won’t be at the event make sure to LIKE us on Facebook for another chance to win!

 

For more information on the Master Tournament click here: www.nautique.com/event/masters

Click here to like us on Facebook for a chance to win the GoPro. While on our page sign up for our newsletter on the Enter to Win tab! Click here:www.facebook.com/CommercialSewing

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May 10, 2013

Vinyl Staining – Due to Mold

There has been a lot of internet Blog discussion regarding vinyl staining in boat seating with various statements blaming just about everything conceivable. If you Google “what causes vinyl seats to stain” many of these will pop up along with other very technical reports. You’ll soon see the conditions of staining vary between Mold growth and Dehydrochlorination.

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There has been a lot of internet Blog discussion regarding vinyl staining in boat seating with various statements blaming just about everything conceivable. If you Google “what causes vinyl seats to stain” many of these will pop up along with other very technical reports. You’ll soon see the conditions of staining vary between Mold growth and Dehydrochlorination. This bulletin will help explain the mold condition.

Mold is an environmental issue where trapped moisture serves as the catalyst for mold spores to begin growing and thereby stain vinyl and other surfaces. (Stain colors vary; pink, red, black, brown, yellow) This can happen in two manners – On the Surface or Under the Surface.

On the surface is when the mold spores inhabit the exterior surfaces of vinyl and begin to grow when the moisture/organic material/temperature/light conditions are conducive. It is usually fairly evenly spread. Caught early and depending on the quality of the vinyl, this growth can be cleaned with various cleaners and also many times corrected by exposure to UV light energy. (Similar to having mold on the surface of house siding; you’ll notice it grows on the shaded side of the house and not where the sun exposure is significant)

Under the surface is when mold spores inhabit the foam that is under or laminated to the vinyl. If the foam does not have any anti-microbial characteristics then the mold will grow and stain under the same moisture/organic material/temperature/light conditions. This staining is most often not correctable as it is the result of the mold waste excretion staining through the backside of the vinyl. (Usually round impregnated blotches of various size & colors; pink, red, yellow, etc) It is important to note that even foams that are antimicrobial treated lose their resistance over time.

Our next bulletin will address Dehydrochlorination which is a much more complex condition.

Summary

  • Covering a boat creates a dark environment but that alone won’t cause mold to grow. It takes moisture, organic material and proper temperature.
  • Important inhibitors help quite a bit and are related to the quality of the vinyl where some have top coatings which help resist “On the Surface” growth and anti-microbial foams to resist “Under the Surface” growth.
  • As referenced in the Mold & Mildew Cause and Prevention Bulletin both of these conditions can be managed successfully by proper boat preparation before storage.

Once the boat is ready to store the best practices are:

  • MOST IMPORTANT: Clean and dry the boat thoroughly!
  • Place a “Boat Dry” set of desiccant bags throughout the boat
  • Put our Outer Armor™ cover on, tightly ratcheted (seal will be created at the rub-rail)
  • Block the Vacu-Hold® Vents to prevent outside air from getting in. This will lower the possibility of moisture condensation needed for mold or mildew growth. (Caution do not block the vents when towing)
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April 16, 2013

Mooring Cover Fabric Sur Last® BW+ Compared to Imports

Commercial Sewing Inc. co-developed Sur Last® fabric with Glen Raven, Inc. in 1997 to address the rigors of the outdoor coverenvironment. It is used on our personal watercraft, snowmobile, ATV and motorcycle covers and our latest construction SurLast® BW+ was specifically designed to have exceptional performance for the mooring cover application. In addition the Series

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Commercial Sewing Inc. co-developed Sur Last® fabric with Glen Raven, Inc. in 1997 to address the rigors of the outdoor coverenvironment. It is used on our personal watercraft, snowmobile, ATV and motorcycle covers and our latest construction SurLast® BW+ was specifically designed to have exceptional performance for the mooring cover application. In addition the Series 70 version was constructed for bimini top and cockpit & bow cover applications.

All styles are completely “Made in The USA”.

They are “solution dyed” fi lament polyester with different weave constructions and fi nishing. “Solution dyed” means the color is addedwhen the fi laments are extruded so the color is throughout the fi lament and along with UV additives maximizes resistance to color fading.

The filament extrusion manufacturing process is a 24/7 activity thereby requiring very high volume which consequently narrows the sources who can produce this fabric.

Import versions of solution dyed fi lament polyester use a single Korean fi ber extrusion source consequently all off-shore suppliers of finished fabric weave their versions using these Korean fi laments. Additionally, the off-shore fi nishing technology is inferior to our US sources so the overall quality & value of any of these fabrics are signifi cantly inferior.

The most important characteristics of a cover fabric are its tear strength, water resistance & durability and colorretention. The advanced Fiber & Finishing technologies of United States produce the following important differences.

SurLast BW+ Advantages Over all Imports

  • 2-1/• 2 times higher tear strength
  • 65% higher and 5-6 times more durable hydrostatic water resistance
  • Twice the color fade resistance

Our bench mark for the viability of any fabric is its ability to withstand a 600 hour Xenon-arc weathering test and where Sur Last BW+ continues to perform exceptionally after 600 hours all Imports have lost all the important features needed for an outdoor cover.

Summary

The fabric is very critical to the versatile performance & durability of our Outer Armor Mooring Cover. Key to providing the highest value covers in the market is selecting or creating superior components that work together to create the best overall performance and durability.

Our commitment is to provide products with unsurpassed value so our customers’ expectations are more than fulfilled.

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